Consumer health and safety is a top priority for the food and beverage industry. Safe packaging is an essential vehicle to meet the requirements and expectations set by legislators, brand-owners, retailers and final consumers. 

As the representative body for the folding carton industry, the European Carton Makers Association published the first version of its Good Manufacturing Practice Guide for food safety in 2011.
In March 2021, ECMA released an entirely new version of the GMP.  

GMP Guide 2.0 is for companies which manufacture folding cartons that are intended to come into contact with food. The guide under-pins the core focus that the European folding carton sector has on consumer health & safety. The new ECMA GMP 2.0 compliments the existing GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) certification schemes, such as the BRCGS and FSSC 22000 and includes folding carton specifics which are not covered by the GFSI schemes.For now, the text contains guidance in relation to the BRCGS Issue 6 Packaging. The publication will soon also cover FSSC 22000. 

To download the GMP Version 2.0 please click the button below:

More information can be obtained by contacting ECMA at


Self-declaration and compliance seal
Companies can issue a self-declared compliance statement for the manufacturing of food cartons.

The self-declaration form can be downloaded 
here (Word-version). The declaration should be completed and returned to the ECMA secretariat including copies of valid certificates (BRCGS Packaging Issue 6, FSSC 22000, …). The self-declared compliant companies are listed on the ECMA website, are part of the internal food safety update network and are allowed to use the ECMA compliance seal.

Check the list of self-declared GMP compliant ECMA members here.

As this ECMA developed GMP compliance seal is self declared and voluntary, it may not be construed by any means as an approval or endorsement by ECMA of compliance with the GMP guide or with any applicable requirements, including the safety requirement, of cartons manufactured by companies using the seal. 

The publication by ECMA of the list of self-declared compliant companies using the seal is not either to be construed as an approval or endorsement by ECMA. The use of the seal is made by each individual company under its sole responsibility, having due regard to the GMP guide and the applicable legislation